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GRIEZMANN STUNNER ALL BUT ENDS SAMPAOLI'S TITLE HOPES

A stunning goal from Antoine Griezmann boosted Atletico Madrid's hopes of automatic qualification for next season's Champions League and all but ended Sevilla's LaLiga title aspirations with a 3-1 win at the Vicente Calderon.

Griezmann's 20-yard free-kick crashed in off the underside of the crossbar to clinch an important victory that closes the gap to third-placed Sevilla to just two points, with Jorge Sampaoli's side in danger of falling 11 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid, who have a game in hand.

The France international's effort added to a first-half header from Diego Godin as Atletico followed up booking a place in the Champions League quarter-finals by completing a 4-2 aggregate victory over Bayer Leverkusen in midweek with a third straight top-flight win.

For Sevilla, though, it was a case of their late-season stutter continuing. The Andalusian side were sent crashing out of Europe by Leicester City last Tuesday and are now winless in four outings in all competitions - a run that has seen their focus turn to the teams below them rather than above.

A change of formation for the second half was not enough to inspire a comeback from Sevilla, who fell three-goals down when Koke rounded off a swift break with a finish into an empty net.

Substitute Joaquin Correa struck a consolation for Sevilla five minutes from time, but it was not enough to stop their season-best seven-match unbeaten run in the top flight from ending.

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